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Stephen Hough awarded knighthood

Pianist, composer and writer Stephen Hough has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List 2022 for his Services to Music. The first British-born classical pianist to be knighted since 1977, Hough was made a CBE in 2014 and has won many accolades including eight Gramophone Awards.

He is scheduled to give 90 concerts in the 2022-23 season, which also features the world premiere of his song cycle Songs of Love and Loss, co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y and Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, US.

Hough grew up in Cheshire, North West England and attended Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Juilliard School in New York.

He is one of Britain’s most admired and beloved cultural figures whose career to date has embraced 70 recordings and 29 Proms appearances. As a composer, he has written for both Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, the Cliburn Foundation, the Takács Quartet and many others.

Hough’s Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More won a 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and his memoir Enough: Scenes from Childhood will be published by Faber in spring 2023.

He is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at New York’s Juilliard School.

Hough recently performed at the launch of Yamaha’s new CFX concert grand (see page 70) and is the subject of a mural which he unveiled last month in the C. Bechstein Centre Manchester.

Casio Music UK launches Wellness Hub Casio Music UK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic keyboards and digital pianos, has launched a Wellness Hub – an online resource that explores the positive impact of music on health and wellbeing.

the creation of animated videos, the bene�ts are split into three categories: Smarter, Happier and Healthier. An extensive range of positive outcomes is highlighted, all supported by studies and research referenced on the webpage.

The Wellness Hub contains information highlighting the bene�ts of learning to play an instrument in supporting mental health. Through research and

The launch of the Wellness Hub complements a research project launched by Casio called ‘Light Up My Life‘. Fifty lighting-key keyboards were sent to care homes across the UK via care provider MHA in partnership with Music for Dementia. This enabled researchers to gain a deeper understanding of how music can positively impact people living with dementia. Findings from this project will be available soon on the Wellness Hub.

Neil Evans, head of Casio EMI, commented: ‘Through these initiatives, we are making much-

needed strides to drive the conversation linking the positive impacts of music participation and overall wellbeing. Our aim is to build on existing research and gain a better understanding of how learning to play an instrument can improve everyday life for a wide range of people and age groups.’ musicandwellbeing

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